Ecomorphology of fishes

  • Editors
  • Joseph J. Luczkovich
  • Philip J. Motta
  • Stephen F. Norton
  • Karel F. Liem

Part of the Developments in environmental biology of fishes book series (DEBF, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-5
  2. Prelude to ecomorphology of fishes

    1. Eugene K. Balon, Karel F. Liem
      Pages 7-8
  3. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-10
    2. Philip J. Motta, Stephen F. Norton, Joseph J. Luczkovich
      Pages 11-20
  4. Review

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Sergei A. Smirnov, Alla P. Makeyeva, Aleksandr I. Smirnov
      Pages 23-33
  5. Full papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-36
    2. Philip J. Motta, Kari B. Clifton, Patricia Hernandez, Bradley T. Eggold
      Pages 37-60
    3. Peter C. Wainwright, Barton A. Richard
      Pages 97-113
    4. Henny J. van der Meer, Gerrit Ch. Anker, Cornelis D. N. Barel
      Pages 115-132
    5. Lauren J. Chapman, Karel F. Liem
      Pages 183-197
    6. John A. Baker, Susan A. Foster, Michael A. Bell
      Pages 225-233
    7. Kirk O. Winemiller, Leslie C. Kelso-Winemiller, Antoinette L. Brenkert
      Pages 235-261
  6. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-286
    2. Stephen F. Norton, Joseph J. Luczkovich, Philip J. Motta
      Pages 287-304
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 305-312

About this book


Ecomorphology is the comparative study of the influence of morphology on ecological relationships and the evolutionary impact of ecological factors on morphology in different life intervals, populations, species, communities, and evolutionary lineages. The book reviews early attempts at qualitative descriptions of ecomorphological patterns in fishes, especially those of the Russian school. More recent, quantitative studies are emphasised, including multivariate approaches to ecomorphological analysis, the selection of functionally important ecological and morphological variables to analyze, an experimental approach using performance tests to examine specific hypotheses derived from functional morphology, and the evolutionary interpretations of ecomorphological patterns. Six major areas of fish biology are focused on: feeding, sensory systems, locomotion, respiration, reproduction, and phylogenetic relationships. The 18 papers in the volume document: (1) how the morphology of bony fishes constrains ecological patterns and the use of resources; (2) whether ecological constraints can narrow the niche beyond the limits imposed by morphology (fundamental vs. realized niche); (3) how communities of fishes are organized with respect to ecomorphological patterns; and (4) the degree to which evolutionary pressures have produced convergent or divergent morphologies in fishes. A concluding paper summarizes ecomorphological research in fishes and points out taxa that are underrepresented or are especially promising for future research.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4620-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1356-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5316
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